Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
It was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. The first awards were given in 1997 and, many years later, it continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Entries for the Green Flag Award® are open to parks/green spaces located in the UK. The Green Flag Award is also being piloted in The Netherlands and Germany.
The Scheme is licensed to Keep Britain Tidy by Communities and Local Government (CLG) who own the green Flag Award Scheme
Keep Britain Tidy has partnered with the following organisation to deliver the Scheme in England
o GreenSpace - a registered charity which works to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals.
o National Housing Federation
o Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. It encourages parks and green spaces to achieve high environmental standards, creating a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
The Civic Trust, the country's leading urban environment charity, manages the Green Flag Award scheme. The Trusts aim is to inspire and promote progressive improvements in the quality of urban life for everyone, and the Green Flag Awards are a key part of that objective.
In 2012 - Cotteridge Park became the 10th Birmingham park to achieve the Green Flag Award
Birmingham Parks that have continued to hold the Green Flag are:
Lickey Hills Country Park was the first to earn the Green Flag award and has now held an award for fourteen consecutive years and has impressed the judges with its conservation of flora and fauna, the high level of community use, Ranger led educational and activity sessions, and demonstrable community consultation.
Cannon Hill Park which has been praised for its helpful and well-informed staff and was recognised as providing a welcoming site for diverse communities and people experiencing difficulties with mobility.
Kings Heath Park pond restoration project was singled out for praise by the judges, as was the helpfulness of the staff.
Castle Vale Centre Park is an excellent local park, which is clearly valued. It has benefited from a very high level of community involvement that has created an exemplar of what can be achieved when local people are involved at the outset.
Handsworth Park: This Park is at the heart of its community, responding to different needs and benefiting from its liveliness. With the Leisure Centre and Play Centre, the Play and Sporting facilities, the lakes and the Boathouse, the Sons of Rest Pavilion, the Bandstand, and the natural beauty of the trees, shrubs, views and wildlife, this is a park that offers something for all.
New Hall Valley Country Park: A stunning piece of captured midlands countryside. The great thing is that this Country Park has turned out like it was supposed to be, following a genuine and effective partnership between local people and their Council. Here achievement is driven by an enthusiastic partnership of local people and Council Officers: each doing what they do best.
Ward End Park
Sunset & Moonlit Park
Further details and full criteria available at http://greenflag.keepbritaintidy.org
Applicants are strictly judged on site visits and comprehensive desk-based information by an expert core of volunteer judges. Parks must re-apply each year for the award this ensures standards are maintained.
When a park flies the Green Flag it has met the following criteria:
1. A Welcoming Place
The overall impressions for any member of the community approaching and entering the park or green space should be positive and inviting, regardless of the purpose for which they are visiting. Features of particular importance are:
2. Healthy, Safe, and Secure
The park or green space must be a healthy, safe and secure place for all members of the community to use.
3. Clean and Well Maintained
For aesthetic as well as Health and Safety reasons, issues of cleanliness and maintenance must be adequately addressed.
Methods used in maintaining the park or green space and its facilities should be environmentally sound, relying on best practices available according to current knowledge.
5. Conservation and Heritage
Particular attention should be paid to the conservation and appropriate management.
6. Community Involvement
Management should actively pursue the involvement of members of the community who represent as many park or green space user groups as possible.
Good provision of information to users about management strategies, activities, features, ways to get involved and promotion of the park or green space as a community resource.
A Green Flag Award park must have a management plan or strategy in place which reflects the aspirations of Local Agenda 21 and clearly and adequately addresses all the above criteria and any other relevant aspects of the park or green spaces management.